The Armenian Church will donate ten flats in Gyumri and Spitak in an effort to support vulnerable families.
The donation is part of a social program initiated by the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and its Dioceses worldwide.
Under the auspices of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenian, the program aims to provide families still living in “earthquake shacks” with shelter.
December 7, 2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating earthquakethat hit 40% of the territory of Armenia, densely populated regions with 1 million people.
The cities of Spitak, Leninakan (now Gyumri), Kirovakan (now Vanadzor) and Stepanavan, as well as hundreds of villages were totally or partially destroyed.
Twenty-five thousand people were killed, 500 thousand were left without shelter, 17% of the buildings were destroyed, the work of 170 industrial companies was halted.